Attorney: Ford Co. Leaders Violated Meetings Law

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DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) _ The Ford County attorney says the county commission unintentionally violated the state's open meetings law last fall when talking to a casino developer.

Ford County Attorney John Sauer says commission Chairman Kim Goodnight failed to notify the public of a meeting with Olathe, Kan.-based Butler National Service Corp.

Sauer says Goodnight's violation was a result of ``ignorance and not ill will.''

The commission and county officials met with Butler on Oct. 16, 2008, to discuss issues related to Butler's plans for a casino in Ford County.

Goodnight says the clerk's office is responsible for notifying people about commission meetings. But Goodnight had told the clerk the meeting was informal. The clerk's office told only a reporter from the Dodge City Daily Globe.

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